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Riders on a previous Cycle St Giles event

A charity cycle ride event has been cancelled due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.

The Cycle St Giles Autumn event had originally been planned for September before being pushed back to 17th and 18th October.

More than 200 riders had signed up for the event to support Whittington-based St Giles Hospice.

It would have been the first organised event staged by the charity this year following the cancellation of previous events because of the coronavirus.

But Elinor Eustace, director of fundraising at St Giles Hospice, said the decision had now been made to cancel the event:

“We would truly like to say sorry to every one of our wonderful supporters who signed up to take part in Cycle St Giles Autumn this year.

“Our fundraising team did an incredible job in planning a COVID-secure event with extra measures in place to ensure the health and safety of every participant, volunteer and member of staff.

“However, as a healthcare charity working with the most vulnerable in our society we have a duty to act in a socially responsible way and we don’t feel that running a mass participation event is the right thing to do at this time with infection rates increasing and additional restrictions being enforced both locally and nationally.”

Elinor Eustace, St Giles Hospice

Elinor said that this autumn’s ride had offered St Giles a glimmer of hope that it would be able to start raising funds from its traditional fundraising events again and added that the decision to cancel had not been taken lightly.

“This was a decision we hoped we would not have to make, given our current financial pressures, as fundraising events like Cycle Autumn are absolutely critical to our survival.

“We are also keenly aware of how much effort people have put into their training ahead of the ride.

“Every cyclist with a place at Cycle St Giles Autumn 2020 can request the GPX links for each of the four routes, so we hope people will still raise sponsorship and take part in the event at their own time and pace to support St Giles.

“Our ability to fundraise has been severely affected and we have never needed our community more than we do right now.”

Elinor Eustace, St Giles Hospice

Anyone with further questions about Cycle St Giles Autumn can call the fundraising team on 01543 432538 or email fundraising@stgileshospice.com

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